07/07: Alarm Phone called by boat in distress in Western Med, intercepted by Moroccan Navy

08.07.2016 / 12:06 / Western Mediterranean Sea

Watch The Med Alarm Phone Investigations – 7th of July 2016

Case name: 2016_07_07-WM106
Situation: Alarm Phone called by boat in distress in Western Med, intercepted by Moroccan Navy
Status of WTM Investigation: Concluded
Place of Incident: Western Mediterranean Sea

Summary of the Case: On Saturday, the 7th of July 2016 at 8.08am, the Alarm Phone was directly called from a boat in distress with 10 persons on board, who had left from Tangier/Morocco at 11pm. As they were still in Moroccan territorial waters, we agreed to call them back in 30 minutes. At 8.40am, we talked again to the travellers and learned that they saw a blue rescue vessel in close vicinity. We checked the area on a maritime tracking website and identified a vessel that matched their description. They had reached international waters, thus we called the Spanish rescue agency Salvamento Marítimo (S.M.) and asked them to rescue the travellers at 9am. Afterwards we were not able to speak to the travellers again, however, at 9.40am, S.M. informed us that the boat in distress had been intercepted by the Moroccan Marine Royale.
Last update: 17:03 Aug 26, 2016
Credibility: UP DOWN 0
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  • Border police patrols
    While the exact location of patrols is of course constantly changing, this line indicates the approximate boundary routinely patrolled by border guards’ naval assets. In the open sea, it usually correspond to the outer extent of the contiguous zone, the area in which “State may exercise the control necessary to prevent infringement of its customs, fiscal, immigration or sanitary laws” (UNCLOS, art. 33). Data source: interviews with border police officials.
  • Coastal radars
    Approximate radar beam range covered by coastal radars operating in the frame of national marine traffic monitoring systems. The actual beam depends from several different parameters (including the type of object to be detected). Data source: Finmeccanica.
  • Exclusive Economic Zone
    Maritime area beyond and adjacent to the territorial sea in which the coastal state exercises sovereign rights for the purposes of exploring and exploiting, conserving and managing the natural resources, whether living or non-living, the seabed and its subsoil and the superjacent waters. Its breadth is 200 nautical miles from the straight baselines from which the territorial sea is measured (UNCLOS, Arts. 55, 56 and 57). Data source: Juan Luis Suárez de Vivero, Atlas of the European Seas and Oceans
  • Frontex operations
    Frontex has, in the past few years, carried out several sea operations at the maritime borders of the EU. The blue shapes indicate the approximate extend of these operations. Data source: Migreurop Altas.
  • Mobile phone coverage
    Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) network coverage. Data source: Collins Mobile Coverage.
  • Oil and gas platforms
    Oil and gas platforms in the Mediterranean. Data source:
  • Search and Rescue Zone
    An area of defined dimensions within which a given state is has the responsibility to co-ordinate Search and Rescue operations, i.e. the search for, and provision of aid to, persons, ships or other craft which are, or are feared to be, in distress or imminent danger. Data source: IMO availability of search and rescue (SAR) services - SAR.8/Circ.3, 17 June 2011.
  • Territorial Waters
    A belt of sea (usually extending up to 12 nautical miles) upon which the sovereignty of a coastal State extends (UNCLOS, Art. 2). Data source: Juan Luis Suárez de Vivero, Atlas of the European Seas and Oceans

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